The Upledger website recently featured an article with information on the intensive program for football players and their history of concussions.
From the article:
Five former professional football players, including Ricky Williams, recently participated in the five-day intensive manual therapy concussion program and preliminary pilot research project at the Upledger Institute Clinic in Palm Beach Gardens. The intensive program was designed for football players with a predisposition to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).
The players were treated by 23 therapists from around the U.S., Canada, France and Australia. Therapies utilized during this program were primarily CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and Neural Manipulation.
The objective of this study was to demonstrate that advanced therapies administered by certified, licensed manual therapists would help to alleviate the symptoms of post concussion syndrome.
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CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the craniosacral system (the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that protect the brain and spinal cord). CST involves light-touch manipulation of the bones in the skull, sacrum, and coccyx to correct an imbalance that can adversely affect the development of the brain and spinal cord and can result in sensory, motor, and neurological dysfunction. Developed by Dr. John Upledger, CST is used by a variety of health care professionals. See www.upledger.com
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Australian-born Nirmoha spent most of the 90s in Pune, India, enjoying all meditations and “celebrating life.” She started her training in craniosacral therapy with Bhadrena and Kavi in 2002 and is a member of the Pacific Association of Craniosacral Therapy (PACT). She now lives in Bali, working at a birthing clinic, welcoming newborns by giving them craniosacral therapy.
In an article on the Osho News online magazine, Nirmoha describes the unique way of welcoming babies into this world by helping them with craniosacral work.
From the article:
When a newborn arrives in my hands the umbilicus is often still attached to the placenta. Some of them are present enough to make eye contact with me whereas others appear to be so disorientated that they cannot make head or tail of where they are. One baby who I recently worked with was incredibly wide eyed and present and his little system showed minimal signs of the birth experience having been a traumatic one. There didn’t seem to be any holding patterns in his little body and other than a subtle lengthening that came through his spine, his many smiles told the story of his transition having been a relatively easy one. But for many others, it is not like this and the trauma of being born can be quite noticeable.